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Outlined here are several Fitchburg State 
College Academic Policies. Reading 
through them will help you to understand 
how the college Is run and how It works for 
you. Refer to them, for example, when you 
need to know how to leave a course without 

Adding And Dropping Courses 

If you want to add a class or drop one at the 
beginning of the semester you can do so 
during the Add-Drop Period. 

During the first two weeks of the semes- 
ter, you may add a class to your schedule 
as long as the meeting times don*t conflict 
with any other classes you are registered 
for. You must personally ask the proiessor 
If you may be added to the class. The pro- 
fessor will have to fill out a Red Add-Card 
and turn It into the Registrar's Office. This 
will Insure that the add request will not be 

To drop a class during this period, you 
simply ask the professor to fill out a drop 
card with your name and student ID num- 
ber on it. It is a good idea to drop during the 
first few days of classes so any students 
waiting to add will be able to do so. 

Withdrawing From A Course 

After the two-week Add-Drop period you 
still have until the mid-point of the semes- 
ter (usually the end of the eighth week of 
classes) to withdraw from a class. 

If you drop a class after the Add-Drop 
period and before the midpoint of the 
semester^you will have "withdrawn" from 
the class and will receive a grade of "W" 
for the course. You may take the course 
again and finish it, but the original "W" 
will remain on your transcript. 

To withdraw, you first fill out a Course 
Withdrawal Form which you can get from 
the Registrar's Office. Go to the professor 
from whose course you are withdrawing, 
get his/her signature on the form, have 
your faculty advisor sign it, sign the form 
yourself, and return It to the Registrar's Of- 

Should a withdrawal from a course re- 
sult in your having to carry less than 12 
credits for the rest of the semester (see 
Determining Semester Credit Load), you 
should speak with your advisor, see the 
Undergraduate Dean, or visit the Academic 
Advising Center before you go through with 
the withdrawal. 

Hints on Withdrawing 

You may want to consider withdrawing 
from a course: 

If you are doing poorly and do not want 
to risk falling or getting a low grade. You 
have to be willing to make up the credits if 
the withdrawal leaves you short of the 
credits required to graduate. Or, if the time 
you put into the course is affecting the qual- 
ity of the work in your professional or de- 
gree-related courses. Or, you may consider 
auditing the remainder of the course after 
you withdraw so you can do better if you 
plan on retaking it in the future. 

Auditing A Course 

You may audit a course without being 
registered for it as long as the professor 
doesn't mind. 

vvnen auditing a course, the professor 
may or may not require you do the class- 
work or take exams. Audited courses do 
not appear on your official transcript. 

Changing Your Major 

If you want to change your major you 
should first speak to the Chairperson of the 
department you are interested in entering 
and convince him/her of your sincerity in 
changing over to that department. 

If that Chairperson approves of your en- 
tering the department, get a Major Change 
Form from the Registrar's Office, bring it to 
your current faculty advisor and current 
Department Chairperson, and have them 
both sign it. They will arrange to send your 
records to your new department. 

Next, have the Chairperson of the depart- 
ment you are entering sign the form. Your 
new Department Chairperson will assign 
you an advisor in your new department. 
Sign the form yourself and return it to the 
Registrar's Office. 

You will now be registered under a new 
major. You must complete all the require- 
ments of your new major as they are stated 
at the time you enter the major. 

Some majors are much more difficult to 
transfer into than others. Contact the ap- 
propriate Department Chairperson for spe- 
cific details. 

Withdrawing From The College 

If you are thinking about leaving school for 
a semester or permanently, contact the Un- 
dergraduate Dean, or the Vice President for 
Student Affairs. 

Withdrawal forms may be obtained at 
any of these offices. Residence Hall stu- 
dents should contact the Director of Resi- 
dence Life first when contemplating with- 
drawal so space can be offered to a student 
in need of housing. 

Completing the proper procedures and 
paperwork necessary for withdrawal will 
help you get back Into college with a mini- 
mum of difficulty if you decide to return. 
Readmission, however, is not guaranteed. 
It is based on enrollment at the time you 
wish to be readmitted. 

Depending on when you withdraw, your 
transcripts will note the withdrawal in the 
following manner: 

If you officially withdraw before the end 
of the Add /Drop period, you will receive no 
grades for the semester. A notation that 
you withdrew on a certain date will be all 
that is recorded; 

If you officially withdrew between the 
end of the Add / Drop period and the end of 
the eighth week of classes you will receive a 
grade of "W" in all your courses (see With- 
drawing From A Course); 

If you officially withdraw after the end of 
the eighth week of classes, you will receive 
a 0.0 In all your courses. This is still better 
than not officially withdrawing. An official 
withdrawal will look better on your record 
if you decide to return to school sometime 
In the future. 

Illness, Injury, or personal emergency are 
circumstances that may allow you to with- 
draw from the College after the end of the 
eighth week of classes without receiving a 
grade of 0.0 in your courses. If you find you 
must withdraw after the eighth week for 
one of these reasons, contact the Under- 
graduate Academic Dean as soon as possi- 

If you do not follow the proper proce- 
dures for withdrawal, no matter what the 
circumstances are, you will receive a grade 
of 0.0 in all the courses you were taking at 
the time of withdrawal. Unofficial with- 

drawal may hamper your efforts to return 
to school, and the grades of 0.0 will remain 
on your permanent records until you retake 
the failed courses at Fitchburg State Col- 

Maintaining Satisfactory Academic 

Financial Aid recipients and Varsity Sport 
participants are expected to be making 
"Satisfactory Academic Progress" towards 
a baccalaureate degree. 

Satisfactory Academic Progress means 
that you must take and successfully pass 
at least 24 credits before beginning your 
third full-time semester at Fitchburg State 
College; 48 credits before your fifth full- 
time semester; and 72 credits before your 
seventh full-time semester. 

Full-time or part-time status is deter- 
mined at the end of the Add /Drop period. 

Exception to the above policy may be 
made by obtaining a Petition for Waiver 
Form from the Undergraduate Dean. 

Attending Classes (Prolonged Absence) 
Your professors will explain their attend- 
ance policies during the first class meeting. 
Should attendance in any class have to be 
verified, the professor of the class in ques- 
tion will be asked for proof of your attend- 
ance as he/she is responsible for keeping 
track of how often you come to class. 

Many professors also refer to their course 
attendance records when determining 
grades so if you must take a prolonged ab- 
sence on file in the Student Affairs Office. It 
is then your responsibility to notify all your 
professors about your absence. 


Fitchburg State College Is accredited by the 
New England Association of Schools and 
Colleges, The National Council for Accredi- 
tation of Teacher Education, and the Na- 
tional League for Nursing. The New Eng- 
land Association of Schools and Colleges Is 
one of six nationally recognized regional ac- 
crediting associations in the United States 
and Is the official accrediting agency for 
schools and colleges In the six New Eng- 
land States. Institutional membership In 
the Association Indicates that the school or 
college has been carefully evaluated and 
found to meet standards agreed upon by 
qualified educators. 

Fitchburg State College is a member of: 
The American Association of Col- 
leges of Teacher Education; The Col- 
lege Entrance Examination Board; 
The American Association of Col- 
leges of Nursing; The American As- 
sociation of State Colleges and Uni- 
versities; American Association of 
University Women; The International 
Association of Colleges and Universi- 
ties; The American Council on 
Education and The New England As- 
sociation of College Admissions 


Fltchburg State College Is a lot more than 
students and professors. There are services 
on campus that assist you In finding work 
after graduation. In Ironing out any stress- 
ful situations you may encounter, and In 
disciplining yourself to do better In your 

These are support services; they are 
some of the most vital gears In the well- 
oiled FSC machine. Help yourself to what 
they have to offer, after all, you deserve the 

Students Affairs Office 

Ext. 3130, 3131 

The Student Affairs Office Is the chief office 
for student services. Services Include pro- 
grams for veterans, handicapped students, 
judicial systems, and new student orienta- 

Moreover, this office is responsible for 
seeing that you receive personal attention 
and find solutions or alternatives to non- 
academic problems. 

In a broader sense the Student Affairs Of- 
fice is responsible for your development. 
This includes opportunities which chal- 
lenge and facilitate student growth. We try 
to ensure an environment which promotes 
serious learning and encourages a search- 
ing, curious attitude. We also strive to 
create a mutually supportive college com- 
munity that stimulates growth of the aca- 
demic and social personality. 

Career Services Center 

3rd FLOOR, RM. 313 
Ext. 3151 

The Career Services Center provides a vari- 
ety of services to complement your educa- 
tional and career planning. The staff as- 
sists in increasing your self-understanding 
and effectiveness in making career deci- 
sions. The resources of the Center are also 
available to FSC Alumni. Among the ser- 
vices provided are: career counseling, voca- 
tional testing consultation, seminars and 
workshops on career planning and aspects 
of the job search, resume critiques, part- 
time and full-time job vacancy postings, 
credentials services, and on-campus inter- 
views. The Center publishes a newsletter, 
The Edge, on a regular basis and prepares 
an annual placement report on the gradu- 
ating class. 

The Center maintains an extensive li- 

brary of career information. An extensive 
collection of standardized testing are ad- 
ministered through the Center. 

The Center is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 
PM weekdays. 

Counseling Center 

3rd FLOOR. RM. 313 
Ext. 3151 

The Counseling Center provides a variety 
of services for personal growth. You can be 
assisted toward actualizing your potential 
through increased self-understanding, ef- 
fective decision making, and creative cop- 
ing skills. 

A wide range of personal concerns are 
dealt with Including: questions pertaining 
to self-confidence, parental pressures, test 
anxiety, relationships and personal crisis. 

Individual and group counseling ses- 
sions are available in a confidential setting. 

The center maintains a referral network 
for students seeking services elsewhere. 

Psychological emergencies are handled 
at any time by Burbank Hospital Emer- 
gency Room, phone 343-5000. 

Financial Aid Office 

Ext. 3156.3157 

Fitchburg State College administers and 
coordinates a variety of financial aid pro- 
grams. You should begin application proce- 
dures well in advance of the term for which 
you are seeking assistance and should ob- 
serve the deadline for the various programs 
for which you plan to apply. 

If you are Interested in specific programs 
or if you wish to seek specific or updated In- 
formation, you should consult the Finan- 
cial Aid Office as early as possible for 
assistance in your financial aid planning. 

Food Service by D AKA 
Ext. 3229 or phone (617) 345-2551 
Fitchburg State College Is lucky to have 
spacious facilites and a good food program 
to serve you and the many other resident 
and commuter students, faculty, staff and 
guest. A pleasant dining atmosphere not 
only reflects a civilized community, it also 
respects the needs of others to enjoy a few 
moments of conversation or quiet during a 
busy day. 

If there are grievances of any kind about 
the food service In any of its locations, con- 

tact one of the following: 

Chet Connors. Food Service Director: 

Dave Hill, Associate Director: 

Holmes Dining Commons 

(6 1 7) 345-2 151. Ext. 3229: or 

any member of the student food committee 

(names available from Vice President for 

Student Affairs, or the Treasurer). The food 

committee meets regularly and will discuss 

all concerns from nutrition to noise. 

If the grievances seem unattended, con- 
tact Dr. Lon Vlckers, Vice President for Stu- 
dent Affairs. 

In the event of unruly behavior in the 
dining areas such as loud or prolonged dis- 
turbances: throwing of food; verbal harass- 
ment of the food service staff or other mem- 
bers of the college community or its guests, 
the manager or supervisor has the right to 
ask the offending party to leave the prem- 
ises or to pursue disciplinary action 
through the Campus Judicial Board. 

Academic Advising Center 

Thompson Hall 
1st Floor. Rm. 115 
Ext. 3321 

The purpose of the Academic Advising 
Center is to help you with academically re- 
lated problems for which you see no clear 
or obvious solution. You are Invited to in- 
terpret the phrase "academically related 
problems" however you wish. For example, 
you may seek counseling in one of the fol- 
lowing areas: 
Change of Major 
Academic Probation 
Career Exploration 
Changing Course Schedules 
Selection of a Major (For undeclared 

Special Problems of Older Students 
Support Group for Mature and Returning 
Students (MARS) 

Members of the teaching faculty serve as 
counselors at the Academic Advising Cen- 

Campus Security 

The Campus Security Department is re- 
sponsible for the safety and security of the 
college community. The Department is 
dedicated to protecting the life and property 
of you and your fellow students and the 
prevention and detection of crime. 

All parking facilities at Fitchburg State 
College are regulated by authorized identi- 
fication stickers available at the Campus 
Security Office. 

Students who live In Campus Residence 
Hall facilities are not allowed to have a car 
on campus. 

Overnight parking for students Is re- 
stricted to Junior and Senior students 
whose curriculum requires travel to nurs- 
ing, teaching, or Internship assignments. 

Overnight parking Is banned on all City 
streets from December 1 to April 1 , or If a 
snow storm of 3 Inches or more occurs prior 
to December 1 . 

More specific information Is contained In 
the booklet entitled "Motor Vehicle Regula- 
tions" available at the Campus Security 

Newman Center 

The Newman Center provides the presence 
of the Church on the Fitchburg State Col- 
lege campus. Located across from the Sand- 
ers Administration Building on Highland 
Avenue, the Center was designed to be a 
religious, cultural, and social gathering 
place for the College community. 

Through the effort of its staff, the Center 
offers a climate where you can raise basic 
questions without fear, receiving an honest 
response to an Individual need, and have a 
home where you can relax In a small infor- 
mal atmosphere. 

Father Richard Lewandowski Is the 
Chaplain of the Center, Deacon Benjamin 
Nogueira and Lois Noguelra are Pastoral 
Associates. They are available for counsel- 
ing and spiritual direction. 

Health Services 

If you become ill, have a minor accident, or 
need advice on birth control or other medi- 
cal information, the Health Service's 
friendly efficient staff of certified medical 
personnel is prepared to serve you. 

The Health Service is located in the An- 
thony Building and the phone number is 
(617) 345-2151, ext. 3126. The hours are 
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 

Appointments: 8:00 - 10:00 AM and 
1:30-3:00 PM. Appointments with the 
M.D.: Mon. and Fri. 12:30-2:30 PM: Tues. 
4:00-6:00 PM. Walk-in Hours: 10:00 AM- 
12:00 Noon and 3:00^1:00 PM every day. 

Appointments should be made for all 
non-emergency problems, whenever possi- 
ble. If you can't keep an appointment, 
please call so your time be given to another 

All of your medical records and Health 
Service visits are completely confidential. 
No information is released to anyone, in- 
cluding college authorities or parents, with- 
out your prior permission. 


Health emergencies occurring on campus 
should be referred immediately to the 
Health Service if they occur between 8:00 
AM and 4:30 PM. After 4:30 PM, you may 
contact Campus Security at ext. 3111 and 
make arrangements to be taken to Burbank 
Hospital. There are Fitchburg State College 
first aid manuals available at the Campus 
Center Information Desk, Campus Police 
and in the Residence Halls. 

Jennifer Collins '85 


Written by Shaun Rouine '84 

Student Intern 

Secretarial Support ....Kathy Gillberg 

Susan Petrullo 

Student Affairs Office 

Photographers Shaun Rouine '84 

Jennifer Collins '84 
Jacqueline Masson '85 

Supervision Joseph P. Farragher 

Student Affairs Office 


The All College Council (ACC) offers you the 
opportunity to participate In making the 
rules that: Govern student conduct, deter- 
mine academic progress and graduation 
standards, develop and change curriculum. 

The ACC is composed of three students, 
five faculty, and three administrators. You 
may apply to serve on ACC by contacting 
the Student Government Association. As a 
student member, you share equal voting 
power with faculty and administrative 
members in forwarding decisions and 
recommendations to the President. 

Through SGA you may also apply for a 
position on one of the following ACC 
Standing Committees: Academic Policies, 
Curriculum, Student Affairs, and Long 
Range Planning. 

All matters coming before the ACC are re- 
ferred for preliminary discussion and vote 
to these subcommittees. 

The All College Council usually meets 
the first Wednesday of the month during 
the academic year in the Campus Center, 
rooms G-04, 05, and 06 (adjacent to 
G-Lobby). The Standing Committees usu- 
ally meet on the third Wednesday of the 
month. You are encouraged to participate 
either as an appointed voting member, or 
as an observer, since all meetings are open 
to everyone. 

You may bring a proposal before the ACC 
yourself or as part of a recognized student 
group. Proposals may also be brought be- 
fore the council by any member of the staff, 
faculty, or administrator. 

Student Government Association 
The Student Government Association in- 
cludes all full time students at Fitchburg 
State College. 

The Student Government Association 

Council includes an Executive Board, offi- 
cers and representatives from each class, 
officers from each residence hall and a 
Commuter's Board. 

The Executive Board conducts SGA 
Council meetings which are held every 
Tuesday during the semester at 7:00 PM in 
room G-04 of the Campus Center, distrib- 
utes the SGA budget which is funded by 
the student activity fee you pay along with 
your tuition, and oversees and approves 
the activities of campus student organiza- 
tions. Executive Board positions include 
President. Vice President, Treasurer, Assis- 
tant Treasurer, Secretary, Public Informa- 
tion Officer and Student Trustee. 

Each class has a President, Vice Presi- 
dent, Secretary, and four Representatives 
to plan fundralsing activities and host spe- 
cial events. The Freshman Class, for exam- 
ple, is responsible for running the Winter 
Carnival Semi-Formal In February and the 
Senior Class organizes Senior Week at the 
end of Spring Semester. 

Each Residence Hall has a President, 
Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary to 
sponsor hall activities, budget residence 
hall dues, and determine judicial action. If 
you have concerns about the quality of on- 
campus living, speak to your floor or suite 
representative or a residence hall officer. 

The Commuter's Board has six positions: 
President, Vice President, and one repre- 
sentative from each of the four classes. The 
Commuter's Board Is your SGA representa- 
tive body if you live off-campus in the col- 
lege neighborhood or if you commute from 
nearby towns. In addition, the Board pro- 
vides you with information on renter's 
rights, encourages community relations 
(the annual Thanksgiving raffle to benefit 
needy families is one way) and will act on 


Spring 1985 

20 Sunday 













March . 



















Proposed Fall 1985 


























College opens; residence halls open for all stu- 
dents 12:00 noon 
Classes begin 8:30 AM 

Final day for adding/ dropping courses 

Final day for making up Incomplete grades from 

prev. semester 

Washington's Birthday-no classes 

U.S. & Mass. Constitution examination 

Spring vacation begins 4:30 PM 

Residence halls close 6:00 PM 

Spring vacation ends; 

Residence halls open 12:00 noon 

Final day for withdrawal from classes without 


No classes _ 
Patriot's Day-no classes 

Honors Convocation; afternoon classes sus- 
pended 1:30 PM 

Last day of spring semester classes 
Final Examinations 
Commencement 2:00 PM 
Campus Quadrangle 

(Labor Day) Residence Halls open for all stu- 
dents- 1 2 : 00 noon 
Classes begin 8:30 AM 
Final day for dropping/ adding courses 
Fall Academic Convocation- 
afternoon classes suspended 1 :30 PM 

Final day for making up Incomplete grades from 

previous semester 

U.S. & Mass. Constitution examination 

Columbus Day-no classes 

Final day for withdrawal from classes without 


Veteran's Day-no classes 

U.S. & Mass. Constitution examination 

Thanksgiving recess begins 3:30 PM 

Residence halls close 5:00 PM 

Thanksgiving recess ends: 

Residence halls reopen 3:00 PM 

Last day of fall semester classes 

Final semester examinations 

Residence halls close 6:00 PM 

any problem or need you bring to their at- 

All SGA Council members have voting 
power except for the Treasurer and Secre- 
tary of each class and residence hall. 

Recognition Process For Student 

All student organizations wishing to oper- 
ate on campus are required to complete the 
college recognition process. This process al- 
lows student organizations to be acknowl- 
edged by the Student Government Associa- 
tion and to apply for funds from the Associ- 

The recognition process provides a guide- 
line for student organizations to follow so 
they may be entitled to various support ser- 
vices around campus such as the use of 
bulletin boards and booths that can be set 
up in G-Lobby. These guidelines also in- 
sure that organization members under- 
stand their responsibilities as representa- 
tives of the College. 

College Recognition Process 

Submit current constitution and names of 
officers to the Vice President of Student 
Affairs / designee. 

Material Organization Committee shall 
be made up of two members of the Student 
Life Staff, one student, and one faculty 

Rights and Privileges of College 
Recognized Organizations: 

To use campus facilities; 

To apply for office space on campus; 

To use college name; 

To access post office; 

To sell / solicit on campus; 

To apply for funds from SGA and others; 
To use business office services; 
To participate in the judicial process; and 
To have an advisor. 

Responsibilities of College Recognized 

To use the College Business Office for ad- 
ministration of all college approved and 
raised monies: 

To have a current constitution on file 
with the Vice President of Student 
Services /designee which will Include at 
least the following: 

Statement of purpose; 


Election, officers, duties, recall proce- 

Source of funds; and 

Amendment of ratification procedures; 

To have a statement of purpose which is 
in accordance with the goals and mission of 
Fitchburg State College; 

To have full-time Fitchburg State College 
students as the majority of its membership; 

To have full-time students in good aca- 
demic standing, as officers; 

To maintain current list of officers with 
Vice President of Student Affairs/ designee: 

To adhere to all college, city, state, and 
federal laws and regulations; 

To Insure that its membership will not 
practice any physically or psychologically 
abusive behaviors, either Intentionally or 
unintentionally ; 

To follow all campus scheduling proce- 
dures and policies; and 

To have a Fitchburg State College faculty 
or staff members as an advisor whose re- 
ponsibilities shall be mutually determined. 

Proposed Spring 1986 







20 Monday 




























Jennifer Collins '85 

Martin Luther King Day 

College opens; residence halls open for all stu- 
dents 3:00 PM 
Classes begin 8:30 AM 
Final day for adding/ dropping courses 
Washington's Birthday-no classes 
Final day for making up Incomplete grades from 
previous semester 

U.S. & Mass. Constitution examination 
Final day for withdrawal from classes without 

Spring vacation begins 4:30 PM 
Spring vacation ends; 
Residence halls open 12:00 noon 
Patriot's Day-no classes 
Honors Convocation; afternoon classes 
suspended 1:30 PM 
Last day of Spring semester classes 
No classes 

Final semester examinations 
Commencement 2:00 PM 
Campus Quadrangle 


The Student Judicial Board shall be com- 
posed of eight (8) members: five (5) Justices. 
two (2) Alternate Justices and a Hearing 

The selection of these members will occur 
after the Spring SGA elections. 

These eight members will be selected by 
a majority vote of the Judicial Board Selec- 
tion Committee to be composed of the eight 
current members and the Advisor to the 

There shah be well publicized notice of 
openings on the Judicial Board. Any full- 
time student In good standing shall be eligi- 
ble to petition the committee for an appoint- 
ment to the Judicial Board. The Judicial 
Selection Committee may not recommend 
any of its members to the SGA Council for 
reappointment. They will interview all 
other applicants. The committee will take 
the results of the interviews and make 
recommendations to the SGA for the ap- 
proval of the appointments which shall re- 
quire a majority vote of the SGA Council. 

If by June 1 . the SGA Council has failed 
to fill any of the eight (8) vacancies on the 
Board, these positions will be filled by the 
Judicial Board Advisor. 

There shall be chosen, by majority vote 
of the new Judicial Board, from the eight (8) 
students selected for the Judicial Board 

A student who shall serve as Chairper- 
son and conduct the proceedings of the 
Judicial Board for one full year. 

A student who shall serve as Hearing 
Officer, and. in consultation with the Advi- 
sor: receive and determine the validity of all 
complaints for prosecution brought before 
him or her: prosecute action heard by the 
Board: have any powers necessary to do so 
which are not inconsistent with these or 
any other college regulations: and will par- 
ticipate in discussion but will not vote in 
determination of responsibility and /or 
determination of sanctions. 

The term of office for each Judicial Board 
member and the Hearing Officer shall be 
one year. 

If the Judicial Board member or the Hear- 
ing Officer shall be unable to complete the 
term, a replacement will be chosen by the 
Judicial Board Selection Committee. 

Any Judicial Board member interested in 
returning for an additional term will sub- 
mit a Letter of Intent to the Judicial Board 
Advisor who may recommend appointment 
subject to the approval of the SGA. 

The advisor may hear motions for dis- 
missal of any Judicial Board member for 
improper conduct or abuse of that position. 

The Advisor shall allow a hearing for the 
Judicial Board member to explain his/her 
conduct and then shall decide on the mo- 
tion. If the Judicial Board member Is dis- 
missed, the dismissal may be appealed to 
the Vice President of Student Affairs. Any 
Judicial Board member who has been prop- 
erly dismissed is not eligible to serve an- 
other term. 


There shall be one meeting of the Judicial 
Board as soon as possible after Its selection 
for the purpose of setting up internal oper- 
ating procedures. A copy of these proce- 
dures will be made available to any student 
upon request, and shall be filed with the 
Student Government Association Secre- 
tary. Any member of the College com- 
munity may bring a complaint before the 
Hearing Officer or the appropriate Vice 
President's Office within fourteen (14) class 
days of discovery of alleged misconduct by 
a student. 

Any complaint arising from the residence 
halls may be referred to the Residence Hall 
Judicial Board. 

Within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt of 
such notification, the Hearing Officer or the 
Vice President's Office shall deliver written 
notice to the student charged. Such notice 
shall include: 

The alleged offense: the name of the 
party making the complaint; the time and 
place of the hearing: that failure to appear 
will result in the case being heard in the 
charged student's absence; information of 
his/her right to know the names of wit- 
nesses against him/her, to present wit- 
nesses on his/her behalf and /or to request 
a postponement of the hearing date; infor- 
mation for arranging consultation with the 
hearing officer or appropriate Vice Presi- 
dent or designee. 

The accused shall have five (5) class days 
after receiving notification to arrange for a 
consultation with the Hearing Officer and 
Judicial Board Advisor to: 

Receive more information regarding the 
Judicial Code, procedures, rights of the 
complaint; acknowledge responsibility for 
the act; and /or choose to have an adminis- 
trative hearing. 

This decision once made, is binding on 
the accused. Judicial cases occuring during 
the time that the Student Judicial Board is 
not In session (Thanksgiving, Christmas, 
Spring vacations. Summer and the first 
two weeks of the Fall semester) will be re- 
ferred to the appropriate Vice President for 
a hearing and disposition. 

In case of complaint dealing with aca- 

demic honesty, the Academic Vice Presi- 
dent's office will be requested to have repre- 
sentation In all hearings pertaining to the 

A hearing shall be within six (6) to ten 
(10) class days of the original notification to 
the accused unless the Hearing Officer and 
Judicial Board Advisor, at Its descretlon, 
grants a delay to the accused. All hearings 
are open only to the accused, accusor and 
others taking part In the proceedings. A 
witness may not testify in the absence of 
the accused unless the accused fails to ap- 
pear and the hearing is held in his/her ab- 

A quorum Is four (4) Justices. In case a 
quorum is not present, the chairperson 
shall dismiss the hearing to the earliest 
possible time a quorum may be constituted 
within the next two class days. 

A member of the Judicial Board who is in 
any way an interested party to a proceed- 
ing shall disqualify himself / herself from 
the hearing. 

The accused shall have the right to ques- 
tion the complainant and all witnesses. 

The hearing shall be conducted in an in- 
formal manner. Rules of evidence need not 
be applied and the Judicial Board, by 
unanimous vote of those Justices present 
may decide whether to consider any piece 
of evidence presented. 

The Chairperson may adjourn or recess 
the proceedings at any time during the pro- 
ceedings providing the proceedings recon- 
vene within five class days. 

In reaching a decision, the Judicial 
Board shall consider only matters intro- 
duced into evidence at the hearing. Any 
decision of the Judicial Board must be ar- 
rived at by a majority vote of those Justices 

Within two (2) class days of a hearing, 
the Judicial Board shall deliver to the ac- 
cused and to the President of the College, a 
written note of its decision, including its 
recommended Sanction, and notice to the 
accused his/her right to appeal. 

All proceedings of the Judicial Board will 
be tape recorded. A copy of this recording 
will be available to the accused for the pur- 
pose of preparing an appeal: and then will 
be turned over to the office of the appropri- 
ate Vice President. 

Appeals Board 

The Appeals Board shall consist of three (3) 
members, two of which shall constitute a 

One (1) student-not a member of the 

Jacqueline Masson '85 

Judicial Board, to be chosen by the SGA 
Council or the President of the College In 
the absence of a nomination from the SGA 

One ( 1 ) faculty-to be chosen by the Fac- 
ulty Association or the President of the Col- 
lege in the absence of a nomination from 
the Faculty Association. 

One (1) admlnlstrator-to be chosen by 
the President of the College. 

The term of office for each Appeals Board 
member shall be one (1) year. If any Ap- 
peals Board member should be unable to 
complete the term, a replacement will be 
chosen by the appropriate segment of the 
community. There shall be one meeting of 
the Appeals Board as soon as possible after 
Its selection for the purpose of setting up In- 
ternal operating procedures. A copy of 
these procedures shall be made available to 
any member of the college community upon 

The accused may, within five (5) class 
days of the Judicial Board decision, request 
an appeal to the Appeals Board. Cases will 
be considered for appeal based on the fol- 
lowing criteria: Insufficient evidence to 
determine guilt: Evidence of prejudicial 
error; Excessive penalty: New evidence; 
Violation of due process: or other extenuat- 
ing circumstances as determined by the 
Appeals Board. 

Within two (2) class days the Appeals 
Board shall notify the accused of its deci- 
sion to hear or not hear the appeal. 

A hearing shall be within five (5) class 
days of the decision to hear the appeal un- 
less the Appeals Board at its discretion, 
grants a delay to the accused. All hearings 
are open only to those taking part in the 
proceedings, and in no case will a witness 
testify in the absence of the defendant. 

The members of the Appeals Board shall 
select a Chairperson who shall conduct the 
proceedings of the Board for one full year. 

The same basic procedure followed by 
the Judicial Board shall be used by the Ap- 
peals Board when considering procedure. 

The accused may. within five (5) class 
days of the Appeals Board decision, request 
an appeal to the President of the College 
whose decision is final. 


The Judicial Board System will hear viola- 
tions of: 

Level I. Broad range of sanctions apply up 
to and including expulsion. 

Racial, sexual, physical abuse or any ac- 
tion which may subject a student or any 
other person to physical or mental danger 
or injury. 

Theft of property or services on campus 
or at college sponsored events: knowingly 
possessing stolen property. 

Intentionally or recklessly destroying or 
damaging the property of the college or 

Unauthorized distribution or possession 
for the purpose of distribution of any con- 
trolled substance or Illegal drugs or alcohol 
on college property or at any college spon- 
sored event. 

False reports of fires or other dangerous 
conditions (except those resulting from rea- 
sonable error or accident). 

Intentionally or recklessly misusing or 
damaging fire safety equipment. 

Knowingly violating the terms of any dis- 
ciplinary Sanction Imposed by any Judi- 
cial Board in accordance with any of the 
Judicial Codes or written notices from a 
college official. 

Possession or use of firearms, fireworks 
or other hazardous or dangerous weapons 
or substances on campus or at any college 
sponsored event. 

Level n. Broad range of sanctions may 
apply up to and including Suspension. 

Unauthorized possession or use of any 
controlled substance or illegal drugs in- 

eluding alcohol on college property or at 
any college sponsored event. 

Intentionally or recklessly Interfering 
with normal college sponsored activities or 
substantially interfering with an Individu- 
al's freedom of expression Including but 
not limited to studying, teaching, research, 
discrimination or harassment of any kind. 

All forms of academic dishonesty Includ- 
ing cheating, fabrications, plagiarism, or 
facilitating academic dishonesty. 

Tampering with or falsifying any college 
record or official document or the records of 
judicial groups or knowingly submitting 
false Information for incorporation in such 

Level HI. Broad range of Sanctions apply up 
to and including Probation. 

Unauthorized possession of fireworks on 
campus or at college sponsored events. 

Representing oneself as another person 
with or without that person's permission. 

Failure to adhere to any college policy 
stated In the College Catalogue, Student 
Handbook, Housing Occupancy Agreement 
or other official College Publications of 
rules / regulations or guidelines. 

Failure to produce a valid personal I.D. 
upon request to any person who properly 
Identifies himself /herself as acting In an of- 
ficial capacity. 

Immediate Suspension. The President of 
the College may act to remove immediately 
from the campus as necessary any student 
who may be acting contrary to the safety of 
well-being of himself / herself , others, or the 
property of the college. A hearing shall be 
conducted within five (5) class days of such" 

The Judicial Board may Impose any of 
the following Sanctions or combination 
thereof following a finding of responsibility. 
Expulsion. Permanent removal from the 

Suspension I. Removal from the college. Re- 
view for readmlttance will be granted only 
after expiration of two calendar years from 
the time of removal. 

Suspension 17. Removal from the college for 
a period of one or two semesters or balance 
thereof. No registration, class attendance, 
participation in co-currlular activities, or 
college housing will be permitted during 
this time. 

Suspended Suspension. A suspended re- 
moval from the college for a period of one or 
two semesters or balance thereof. Any 
proven offense committed during this 
period will cause the suspension to take ef- 
fect for the balance of the period In addition 
to the Sanction given for the latest offense. 
Probation. A period of time during which a 
student's actions are subject to close 
examination. A student on Academic 
and /or Dlscipllanry Probation, Suspended 
Suspension, Suspension or Expulsion will 
not be allowed to serve on campus repre- 
sentative committees, hold elected office or 
appointed campus wide office or be a mem- 
ber of any intercollegiate athletic team, nor 
shall he/ she be eligible to apply for campus 
based financial aid during the second 
semester of a two semester probation. 
Restriction. A student may be denied ac- 
cess to any college building, area, activity, 
class or academic program. 
Educational /College Community Service. 
A student may be assigned some type of 
community service or educational project. 
Fines. A levy of a fine up to three times the 
value of property taken from a rightful 
owner without authorization, or property 
willfully damaged, destroyed or abused. 
Money collected In excess of property value 
will be turned over to a Student Loan Fund 
or Scholarship Fund. 

Restitution. Compensation for damage or 
offense committed through the payment of 
money or through appropriate work re- 
quirement related to the offense, which 
work In no way degrades the Individual or 

Inhibits academic progress. 
Censure. A written reprimand. The writing 
will also state that further occurrence of the" 
given offense may be considered with preju- 
dice during future Judicial Board action. 
Admonition. A written warning or advice 
that certain conduct has been offensive. 


Records of the Judicial Board will be main- 
tained In the Student Affairs Office. Such 
records shall normally be kept on file for 
one full academic year, portion thereof, or 
for the duration of a Sanction. In the case of 
Suspension, Limited Expulsion or Expul- 
sion, a note to that effect will also be on file 
In the Registrar's office as part of the stu- 
dent's permanent folder. All records will be 
governed by Federal and State Laws as Is 


All decisions of the Judicial Board are sub- 
ject to final approval of the President of the 


Any student may waive any of his/her 
rights hereunder, including the student's 
right to a hearing. By agreement of the 
Hearing Officer and the students who are 
parties to any action, a step in the hearing 
procedure may be postponed for the pur- 
pose of resolution by agreement of parties. 


The rules and regulations and the opera- 
tion of the Judicial Board shall be evalu- 
ated no later than six (6) weeks after the 
beginning of the second semester by the 
Student Affairs Committee of the All Col- 
lege Committee and the Student Govern- 
ment Association. 


The department of Athletics at the Fitch- 
burg State College, supported by an ath- 
letic fee, offers you the opportunity to par- 
ticipate in activities at the varsity, intra- 
mural and recreational level in order to de- 
velop yourself as a person first, a student 
second, an athlete third, and as a cham- 
pion fourth. 

The Women's Athletic Association and 
Men's Intramural Board 

How do you become a member of the 
Women's Athletic Association, commonly 
called WAA? Paying your tuition bill auto- 
matically guarantees you a semester of fun 
and excitement! The organization plans 
recreational activities as well as many in- 
tramural sports. Put your athletic abilities 
to use, become involved in WAA!! 

You can also join the men's Intramural 
Board. The MIB consists of a small group of 
elected male students who organize and 
run the intramural athletic events for the 
college community. Participation through 
fierce but fun competition is greatly re- 
warded in events such as soccer, basket- 
ball, ice hockey, ultimate frisbee, and a 
weight! tfting tournament. 


An active intramural program offers the op- 
portunity for you to participate in a wide 
range of sports in an atmosphere that 
stresses sportsmanship, fun, and enjoy- 
ment. Team and individual competition is 
offered in such sports as volleyball, basket- 
ball, bowling, ice/ street hockey, football, 
soccer, and ultimate frisbee. If you are In- 
terested in forming a team, rosters can be 

obtained at the intramural office (Anthony 
Building). The roster should be filled out 
and returned to the office before the sched- 
uled deadline. 


Recreational activities are provided to all 
students by recommendations made to the 
Women's Athletic Association and Men's 
Intramural Board. These organizations are 
responsible for such activities as ice/ roller 
skating parties, splash parties, tennis and 
badminton tournaments, racquetball 
nights, broom hockey, cross-country skiing 
and many other sporting events. Open gym 
and open weight room time is also avail- 
able throughout the week for you to use 
when a break from studying is needed. 


Parkinson Gymnasium contains the weight 
room for training and conditioning pur- 
poses and the office of the certified Athletic 
Trainer. Outdoor facilities for the athletic 
programs, located at the Robert G. Elliot 
Complex on Pearl Hill Road, include fields 
for soccer, football, field hockey, baseball 
and intramurals. Also available is a chem- 
turf track, tennis courts, and outdoor bas- 
ketball courts which double as ice skating 
rinks during the winter season. 

At McKay Campus School, the gym- 
nasium is utilized for intramural activities 
and on the grounds is our new varsity soft- 
ball diamond. All ice programs are held at 
the George Wallace Civic Center. The of- 
fices of the Department of Athletics are 
housed in the Anthony Building on the 
main campus directly across from Campus 


The Library 

Robert Frost once defined home as the 
place where, when you go there, they have 
to take you in. This same concept of an ex- 
tended welcome could also be applied to 
your college library, the primary function of 
which Is to help students locate Informa- 
tion and learn some basic research skills. 

When you come to the library you will be 
given Information concerning hours of ser- 
vice, rules for borrowing books, periodicals, 
and microfilms that will be used for your 
courses. Most Important of all, you will 
have a chance to meet some very friendly 
people who actually enjoy working with 
students and are trained to provide assist- 
ance. Come on over and tell them Mr. Casey 
sent you. 

The Information Desk 

This Is the main switchboard of the College; 
It's located outside the library entrance. 
You can visit or call the Information Desk 
at ext. 2151 to find out what school spon- 
sored events are scheduled or where just 
about anyone on campus can be found. For 
Information about faculty absences or 
school cancellations call (617) 342-9614 for 
a recorded message. 

The Information Desk Is also where you 
go for lost and found, jumper cables, and It 
is where you can pick up the semester and 
weekly Campus Center Calendars or use 
the on-campus courtesy phone. 

If you have a question about anything 

having to do with FSC, call the Information 

, Desk. The person working will find some- 

one who can help you out. 

The Art Gallery 

Three displays of various kinds of artwork 
are featured at the Art Gallery each semes- 
ter. The entrance to the Art Gallery is a 
stone's throw to the right of the Information 

Past displays have featured such ac- 
claimed artists and photographers as Mlro, 
Picasso, Adams, and Rothstein as well as 
many regional artists. Students and faculty 
may also have work from their photogra- 
phy, graphics and art classes on show at 
the end of Spring Semester, giving the col- 
lege community a chance to witness the In- 
novative, combined talents of FSC. 

The Game Room 

Pool tables, ping pong, pinball machines, 
video games and board games are available 
for any student to play in the Games Room. 
You can also borrow backpacks, canoes, 
cross country skis, and other recreational 
equipment for free just by leaving your stu- 
dent ID with the Games Room attendant. 

Billiard. and ping pong tournaments are 
also held in the Games Room for sharp- 
shooters and klngplngers. 

The Union Stop Pub 

On Sunday nights, the Union Stop hosts a 
coffeehouse open to all students. Folk gui- 
tarists, comedians, singers and an occa- 
sional movie are usually featured to mellow 
you out and put your mind at ease for the 
week ahead. Coffee and cake is complimen- 

Monday through Friday night the Union 
Stop serves beer and wine for upperclass- 
men. Popcorn and a large screen T.V. help 
create a speakeasy setting where you can 
socialize, watch Monday Night Football or 

Following is a list of Union Stop Rules: 

Only those persons over the Massachu- 
setts drinking age may be admitted to the 
Pub when alcohol is being sold. 

Proper Identification is necessary for ad- 
mittance. All students must show an FSC 
College ID and a Massachusetts driver's li- 
cense or Registry Card. All guests must 
show a Massachusetts driver's license or 
Registry alcohol ID. 

Employees of the Pub may at their dis- 
cretion refuse service to persons who ap- 
pear Intoxicated or whose behavior dis- 
turbs other Pub patrons. Offenders may be 
asked to leave in both cases. 

The Crafts Center 

You may use up $3.00 worth of free craft 
supplies each semester in the Crafts Center. 
There are potters wheels, clay and a kiln, 
silkscreening supplies, paints and an at- 
tendant on duty to help you create your 
own Mona Lisa. 

The Crafts Center is proud to offer a wide 
variety of Mini-Courses such as calligra- 
phy, painting, batlklng, and many other 
funky arts for the beatnik In you. 

The Crafts Center Is open Monday 
through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. 
Consult the Information desk for hours of 



AH residence facilities are staffed by Resi- 
dent Assistants and a Resident Director. 
Resident Assistants are generally upper- 
class students who have been highly 
trained in such areas as peer counseling 
and referral, crisis Intervention, emergency 
response, and programming. Their primary 
responsibilities are to assist residents In 
getting the most out of their Residence Hall 
experience through maintaining an envi- 
ronment conducive to academic pursuits, 
providing educational and social programs, 
and assisting residents in adapting to a 
group living situation. Resident Assistants 
are supervised by Resident Directors. 
These full time professional staff members, 
who are responsible for the overall func- 
tioning of the Residence Life Program, are 
also available to assist residents with their 
personal / academic problems. 

The Residence Life Judicial Board 

The Residence Life Judicial Board Is com- 
prised of eight representative students and 
a Resident Director who Is both member 
and advisor. Student representatives are 
selected through a competitive interview 
process at the beginning of each academic 
year. All Infractions of rules and regula- 
tions, set forth in this handbook. In the 
Residence Hall Contract and posted within 
the Residence Halls, are potentially within 
the jurisdiction of the Residence Life Judi- 
cial Board. In practice, a resident may be 
called Into, or request, an administrative 
hearing as opposed to appearing before the 

The purpose of the Board Is to promote 

responsibility. Residents have the oppor- 
tunity to have their cases heard by a group 
of their peers In cases in which no Immedi- 
ate administrative response Is required. 
The decision to bring a case In front of the 
Judicial Board Is made by the resldent(s) 
involved, the Resident Assistant, and the 
Resident Director. 

Possible sanctions of the Judicial Board 
range from warning letters up to and In- 
cluding eviction from Residence Life. As 
this Is an educational Institution, it Is Im- 
portant to realize that most Judicial Board 
sanctions will Involve some sort of com- 
munity service. 

Residence Life Regulations 

Maintenance. Each residence facility Is 
staffed by cleaning /maintenance workers. 
This staff Is responsible for ordinary day to 
day cleaning of all public areas (lounges, 
bathrooms, hallways, etc.). They are not, 
however, responsible for providing a per- 
sonal maid service, nor are they expected to 
clean up areas you may have abused. Costs 
for extra cleaning or abuse of the premises 
will be billed to the residents of the hall. 
Judicial or administrative action may lead 
to loss of residency privileges where dam- 
age is excessive. Take care In using all pub- 
lic space appropriately. In addition to 
cleaning, maintenance Is provided on a 
regular basis, based on priority system. In 
order to Insure that maintenance of com- 
mon areas Is occuring as needed, be certain 
you report all-maintenance problems to 
your Resident Assistant as soon as possi- 

Damages. The Resident Assistant for your 

area will give you a room. Inventory sheet 
for your room when you move In. You have 
the opportunity to add any damages or 
comment on the condition of the room be- 
fore returning this sheet to your Resident 
Assistant. Regular Inspections of your 
room will be made by your Resident Assis- 
tant to ensure that it Is meeting health and 
safety standards. When you move out of 
your room, you must have your room 
checked out by your Resident Assistant. All 
residents must make an appointment with 
their Resident Assistant In order to com- 
plete the Inventory sheet before moving out 
of the Residence Halls. Any student falling 
to do so will be reported. Persons responsi- 
ble for damage In these areas will be 
charged. It Is In your best Interest to report 
any Incidents Involving damage. 
Keys. You will receive keys when you check 
Into the Residence Hall. These keys are 
your responsibility until you move out. In 
order to assist In maintaining safety within 
the Residence Halls, your lock cylinder will 
be changed, at your cost, if your key is lost 
or stolen. Duplication of keys Issued by the 
Residence Life staff is In violation of the 
Residency agreement and could lead to loss 
of residency privileges. 

Safety and Security 

Although the Residence Life Program en- 
deavors to maintain a safe and secure envi- 
ronment, most of it Is up to you. Here are 
some hints for maintaining safety: 

Always lock your door and take your 
keys, even during the day. 

Report any suspicious looking persons 
within your hall to campus police, the desk 

manager, or the Resident Assistant on 

At night, when the front doors are 
locked, do not let strangers into the 
building. Never give out any Information 
regarding another resident. Try not to 
walk on the streets alone at night. If you 
must, tell a friend where you are going and 
when you will be back. 

Make a list of all your personal property 
Including Identifying serial numbers and 
manufacturer. Record the number of all 
credit cards and checking accounts. Also, 
keep the addresses of these companies and 
banks to notify them In case of theft. Keep 
money and valuables In a secure place. A 
little common sense can go a long way In 
making your living environment a safer 
place In which to live. 

Fire Safety Equipment 
Each Residence Hall has a fire alarm sys- 
tem directly connected to the Fltchburg 
Fire Department. Fire hoses, heat and 
smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, alarms, 
and exit signs are present. Fire safety 
procedures and exit routes are posted In 
each Hall. Fire drills are held on a regular 

Tampering with fire safety equipment or 
causing a false alarm are serious offenses 
punishable by eviction from the Residence 
Halls as well as further Judicial action. Fire 
doors In halls and stairwells must remain 
closed at all times. 

Weapons. The possession or use of fire- 
arms, ammunition, or any Instrument 
which could inflict bodily harm Is strictly 
prohibited in the Residence Halls and is a 
violation of city and state laws. 


The Off-Campus Housing Office (OCHO) 
has two major goals: (1) to assist students, 
faculty, and staff in their search for ade- 
quate and affordable housing; and (2) to 
provide housing related educational ma- 
terial, advocacy, and mediation for the stu- 
dent-tenant population. These goals are 
pursued through two areas: listing services 
and an Information /mediation program. 

Listing Services 

The OCHO listing has been updated 
through the college computer network via a 
recently acquired terminal and printer. 
With this Innovation, OCHO has the capa- 
bility of offering off-campus housing lists as 
they become available with no time delay 
as in the past. The list Includes apartments 
for rent, apartments In complexes, houses 
for rent, rooms for rent, and roommates 
wanted. In addition, OCHO has. on file, all 
landlord names and phone numbers who 
have listed with the office in the past. 

The Lease 

The lease is a binding, enforceable, legal 
agreement, which should not be taken 
lightly. Before signing it, read the lease 
carefully and make sure you understand It 
completely. Any changes the landlord 
agrees to must be put In writing with 
his/her signature In order that the docu- 
ment be legally binding. 

Although the lease is a legal document, 
some landlords may include Illegal provi- 
sions, which are unenforceable. Such 
provisions usually release the landlord 
from some obligations to the tenant. Legal 
advice should be sought If you are unsure 
about any of the terms In the lease. Any 
Illegal provisions do not Invalidate the re- 
maining portions of the lease. 

Each tenant Is entitled to a signed copy 
of the lease. If you are not given a copy at 
the time of the signing, the landlord is re- 
quired to send you one within 30 days. 
Failure of the landlord to do so does not in- 
validate the lease, but you may not be 
bound by all of Its provisions. 

The minimum requirements for a lease 
are the period of tenancy, clearly stated 
with specific dates, the amount of rent to be 
charged, and when it is due. 

To Lease or Not To Lease 

Generally speaking, once a lease is signed 
the tenant is responsible for paying the rent 
every month for the duration of the lease, 
whether or not the tenant lives there. For 
example. If you have a lease for September 
through May and decide to leave school in 
January, you are still responsible for pay- 
ing the rent through May. A lease, however, 
prevents the landlord from raising the rent 
for the duration of the lease. 

A tenant who occupies the apartment 
with the landlord's permission, but without 
a written lease, Is called a tenant at will. 
The advantage of not having a lease Is that 
the tenant may move out at any time. The 
disadvantage Is that the landlord can ask 
you to leave at any time. The tenant and 
landlord must agree to any change In the 
terms of the tenancy. Any disagreement 
may end In either the tenant or the landlord 
ending the tenancy by giving the other a 30 
day written notice. For example, if , as a 
tenant at will, you wish to move out by 
June 1st, you must deliver to your landlord 
a written notice of Intention to do so no 
later than April 30th of that year. The land- 
lord Is held to the same requirements If he 
wishes to end your tenancy. 

Damage or Security Deposits 

The landlord may require a damage or se- 
curity deposit when the lease Is signed, 
which must be no more than one month's 
rent. In addition to the security deposit, the 
landlord may require the first and last 
month's rent. The security deposit may not 
be used for rent unless the landlord agrees. 
Any other fees the landlord tries to charge 
you may be Illegal. Seek legal advice If you 
are In doubt. One year after the security de- 
posit Is paid, the landlord must give the 
tenant interest on the money. In the case of 
the tenant leaving before one full year, the 

landlord owes no Interest. You may have to 
remind your landlord that you have Inter- 
est due you and deduct It from your rent If 
necessary. It Is Important to obtain a re- 
ceipt listing the amount paid, its purpose, 
and the date. 

Before you move Into the apartment. It Is 
advisable to go through the apartment with 
the landlord and make a list of all the dam- 
ages which both parties should sign. Keep 
a copy for yourself. If it is not possible to 
make a list with a landlord present, you 
have 15 days from the day the security de- 
posit was paid to make a list, sign It, and 
give It to your landlord. The landlord may 
have his own list. No matter what the list, 
make sure you keep a copy signed by the 

After you move out, the landlord has 30 
days to return the security deposit. If he 
claims that you damaged the apartment 
and Intends to use the security deposit to 
make repairs, he must give you a written 
list of the damages and the cost to repair 
them along with the remaining money from 
your deposit within 30 days. The list must 
not Include any of the damages that were 
on the list made when you first moved In. 
The landlord who loses the list of damages 
that was made when the tenant moved in 
must return the full security deposit even If 
the tenant still has his copy. Also, you can- 
not be charged for reasonable wear and 
tear to the apartment, such as dirt on the 
walls or carpets. Failure of the landlord to 
return the deposit or an Itemized list of 
damages within 30 days gives the tenant 
the right to sue the landlord In small claims 

Repairs in Your Apartment 
If your apartment is In need of repair, there 
are several ways to encourage the landlord 
to make them. First, make sure the land- 
lord knows what the problems are. Send a 
dated letter listing the repairs needed, re- 
taining a copy of the letter for your records. 
Allow a reasonable time for him to respond, 
as determined by the conditions In disre- 


If the landlord Ignores your request, call 
the Health Department and ask for an in- 
spection. Have a list of needed repairs In 
hand when the Inspector arrives. A list of 
State requirements that must be met by the 
landlord Is available In the SGA office. 

The Inspector will send a list of viola- 
tions to the landlord and give him a period 
of time, which can be 24 hours to 30 days, 
depending on the violation, in which to 
make repairs. If the landlord does not make 
the repairs In the time specified, he can be 

There are a few more assertive ways to 
have repairs made. If an appliance that 
comes with the apartment Is not working, 
and the landlord has been notified, but 
seems to be taking his time about fixing it, 
the tenant has a legal right to negotiate a 
rent deduction with the landlord. This is an 
Instance when having a good working rela- 
tionship with your landlord can be very 

Another way to get your landlord moving 
is to wlthold rent until the repairs needed 
are made. There are certain rules you must 
follow to legally wlthold rent. The first step 
In rent wlrholding Is to get legal advice be- 
cause you can be evicted it you don't follow 
the legal procedure correctly. Before you 
can start wlrholding rent you must be paid 
up In your rent. You must have an Inspec- 
tion by The Health Department and the In- 
spector must find and report a violation, 
not caused by you. which may endanger or 
materially Impair the health or safety of the 
occupants. The violation must be repair- 
able without your evacuating the apart- 
ment. The next step is to notify your land- 
lord, by certified mail, that you have a re- 
port of the dangerous or unhealthy condi- 
tions, and state that you will withhold the 
rent until they are fixed. 

One other method to have repairs made 
Is called Repair and Deduct. There is a legal 
procedure that must be followed so once 
again legal advice should be sought before 
acting on this. First, a health inspector 

must examine the apartment and find a 
violation which Is endangering or materi- 
ally Impairs the health and safety of the oc- 
cupants. Your landlord usually has 5 days 
to begin or contract for the repairs and 
must complete them In two weeks. If he 
doesn't comply, you may have them com- 
pleted and deduct the cost from the rent. 
However, you may not spend more than 4 
months' rent each year to make repairs. 
Again, seek legal advice when taking ac- 


In order to evict the tenant, the landlord 

must follow a legal procedure. He cannot 

lock you out or physically throw you out. It 

Is Illegal for him to get you out without first 

notifying you and then getting a court 


The notice the landlord sends you telling 
you to leave is called notice to quit. This is 
not a court document and it Is illegal for 
your landlord to make it look as If it is. The 
notice usually says that you should quit 
the premises within a certain number of 
days, and the reason for the eviction. 

If you have a lease, the only two reasons 
that your landlord can use to evict you are 
non-payment of rent or violating one of the 
provisions of the lease. For non-payment of 

rent, your landlord must give a 14-day 
written notice but if you pay the total 
amount of rent due within ten days of re- 
ceiving notice he cannot precede with the 

Tenants without leases can be evicted for 
any reason, or no reason, but still must re- 
ceive the proper notice. Once the notice is 
delivered, the tenant need not leave im- 
mediately. A summons must be served 
after the expiration or the written notice. 
Therefore, legal advice should be obtained 
as soon as possible. You must go to court, 
as the summons directs, with a list of de- 
fenses to the eviction. For example, you've 
paid your rent and have receipts to prove it, 
you are legally withholding your rent, or 
your landlord didn't follow the eviction 
procedures correctly. 

Even if the defense Is valid, the judge 
may not rule in your favor. If the verdict 
favors the landlord, an "execution" will be 
issued which will order your eviction on 
certain date. However, the judge may issue 
a stay of execution enabling you to remain 
up to six months. 

You cannot be evicted within six months 
of charging your landlord with violating a 
health ordinance because the court as- 
sumes the landlord Is just acting vengeful- 



Following the alcohol policies are student 
rules and regulations you should be aware 

Fitchburg State College recognizes that 
federal, state and local laws govern the 
manufacture, transportation, distribution, 
storage, sale and use of alcoholic bever- 
ages. Strict adherence to these laws must 
be observed: 

A license by the city of Fitchburg is re- 
quired if alcoholic beverages are to be sold. 
No person or group shall purchase or other- 
wise procure alcoholic beverages for the 
purpose of consumption by a minor, as le- 
gally defined, unless the acquiring person 
is the spouse, parent, or guardian of the 
minor. Anyone under the legal drinking age 
shall not purchase in any manner or trans- 
port alcoholic beverages. Transportation is 
permitted only In the company of a parent 
or guardian. 

Public intoxication Is now governed by 
civil statutes Involving potential civil com- 
mitment. Driving a motor vehicle under 
the influence is illegal. Violations of civil 
law are subject to civil action. A Fitch- 
burg City Ordinance calls for a $200.00 
fine for possession of open liquor containers 
in public In the city of Fitchburg. 

In addition to the preceding laws and 
others which may be established by legisla- 
tive bodies, the following rules and regula- 
tions apply to the property of Fitchburg 
State College and its use by college 
students /or employees. (College property 
includes property owned or leased by the 
Massachusetts State College Building Au- 
thority and used by the College.) 

Functions must be restricted to members 
of the college community and their guests. 

Alcoholic beverages may not be served, 
sold or consumed at the McKay Campus 
School (GL 272 Section 40A.) Serving and 
consumption of alcoholic beverages at cam- 
pus functions will be permitted only after 
approval concerning the purpose, time, 
place, type of beverage and other pertinent 
information, by the appropriate officer of 
the respective segment or other group. They 

Faculty: Academic Vice President 
Students: Vice President for Student Affairs 
Staff: Assistant to the President 
Recognized college organizations, after re- 
ceiving clearance for use of college prop- 
erty, may apply for a license from the Fitch- 
burg Licensing Commission, City Hall, 718 

Main Street. Fitchburg, Mass. Telephone 
342-1817. All requests shall be submitted 
seven (7) working days in advance and 
shall indicate how the beverage will be 
funded and who will obtain the license. 
Consumption of alcoholic beverages in resi- 
dence halls is permitted in accordance with 
the existing laws. On other college property 
alcoholic beverages may be consumed only 
when approved by the designated office of 
the respective segment. 

Violation of college regulations will be 
considered by the respective officer of the 
involved segment. The following policies 
apply to activities at which alcoholic bever- 
ages will be served: When alcoholic bever- 
ages are served as part of a campus activi- 
ty, food and non-alcoholic beverages must 
be made available. Alcoholic beverages 
may not continue to be served if the non-al- 
coholic beverages run out. Advertising for 
activities where alcoholic beverages are 
being served cannot place the emphasis on 
alcohol. The price of alcoholic beverages 
cannot be displayed or stated. All advertis- 
ing (posters, flyers, announcements) must 
be approved by the appropriate source 
prior to distribution. 

All alcoholic beverages must be sold for 
an individually priced amount. Selling al- 
cohol at "5 drinks for a $1.00" or "2 for 1" 
will not be permitted. No more than two (2) 
drinks shall be sold and /or served to a pa- 
tron at one time. 

The serving of alcoholic beverages at 
campus activities must stop one half hour 
before the closing of the activity. It will be 
the responsibility of the individual organi- 
zation, or group sponsoring the activity, to 
properly assure that participants are of 
legal age. Proper I.D.'s include a Fitchburg 
State College I.D., picture driver's license, 
alcohol beverage card or any combination 
of the three. 

Individual organizations, or groups 
sponsoring activities where alcohol is 
served shall abide by the established regu- 
lations and ordinances enacted by the state 
of Massachusetts, City of Fitchburg Board 
of License Commission. 

The sponsoring individual, organization, 
or group is responsible for carrying out the 
policies above: if the sponsoring individ- 
ual, organization, or group violates any of 
the aforementioned policies, then that indi- 
vidual, organization, or group only is re- 
sponsible and will be penalized. y 



This is a summary of the Massachusetts 
State College System Guidelines pertaining 
to Confidentiality of Student Records. 
Copies of the Guidelines are available for 
study at the library and at offices where 
records are kept. 

Education Records include records, files, 
documents and other materials which... 
contain information directly related to a 
student and are maintained by an educa- 
tional agency or institution. The following 
are excluded: personal files of faculty and 
administrators: law enforcement records; 
medical, psychiatric, or psychological 
records, and employment records of non- 
student personnel. 

Access Rights of Students. Students have 
access to records other than those pertain- 
ing to parental financial information and 
those containing confidential evalutions 
and recommendations written prior to 
January 1, 1975. A student may waiver 
his/her right to access to materials sub- 
mitted after that date but must not be re- 
quired to do so. When a waiver has been 
employed, the student may, upon request, 
be notified of the names of those who have 
submitted evaluations or recommenda- 

Access Rights of Others. No one shall ac- 
cess education records without written con- 
sent by the student except for the following: 

Faculty and staff who have a legitimate 
interest; Federal auditors who require in- 
formation by state and /or federal statute; 
Financial aid personnel processing applica- 
tions; Research agencies which must use 
data in such a way that individuals cannot 
be identified and who will destroy the infor- 
mation when it is no longer needed; Accred- 
iting agencies; Parents of dependent stu- 
dents under certain conditions; or others in 
emergency situations involving health or 

How to Gain Access to a Record 
A student who wishes to examine a record 
must obtain a request form from the Regis- 
trar's Office upon presentation of a proper 
identification card. The request form must 
be completed, and a photostat together 
with the identification card presented to the 
office where the record is kept. Only the 
permanent card (transcript) is considered 
as a permanent educational record. Other 

Type of Record 

Academic (transcripts, etc.) 




Financial -' 

Financial Aid /Scholarships 



records may be destroyed in accordance 
with established schedules. Students may 
challenge contents of a record. The keeper 
of said record will discuss the challenge 
and indicate steps available to the student. 

Types and Locations of Records 

The listing (below) denotes types of 
records and the record keeping office in the 
daytime session of the College. Students in 
other sessions of the College should consult 
with the offices of those Divisions to deter- 
mine their record-keeping locations. 

Since physical location of offices is sub- 
ject to change, the student should consult 
the directory at the Highland Avenue en- 
trance to the Administration Building. 
Questions related to the material above 
should be referred to the Student Affairs Of- 
fice. Again, it should be noted that the 
above is a digest and that the complete 
guidelines are available for study at the of- 
fice listed above and in the Library. 

Private and Confidentiality Regulations 
Pursuant to Fair Information Practices 

Privacy and Confidentiality Regulations 
Pursuant to the Fair Information Practices 
Act - F.I.P.A. - (Chapter 776 of the Acts of 
1975) are posted, together with a copy of 
Chapter 776 and the name of the F.I.P.A. 
administrator on appropriate bulletin 
boards at the College. They may also be ex- 
amined at the offices of the Vice Presidents 
of the College. Included in these regulations 
are the following sections intended to im- 
plement this law. 

I. Intent 

n. Definitions 

III. Implementation Responsibilities 

IV. Security Procedures 

V. Maintaining Records of Data Usage 

VI. Access to Personal Data 

VII. Data Subject Objection 
VTTI. General Procedures 

DC. Enforcement Procedures 
Students should note that if any of these 
regulations should conflict with applicable 
provisions of the Federal Family Education 
Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amend- 
ed, or of any regulations promulgated pur- 
suant to said act, the provisions of said fed- 
eral act of federal regulations shall control. 



Director of Admissions 

Director of Athletics 

Student Affairs 

Business Office 

Director of Financial Aid 

Director of Career Serv. 

Coordinator of Veterans Affairs 

Jacqueline Masson '85 



All accidents should be reported to the Stu- 
dent Affairs Office. Campus Security, or the 
Health Service. 

Animals on Campus 

Due to health and safety considerations, no 
animals can be allowed on campus or In 
campus buildings at any time. Obvious ex- 
ceptions would be seelng-eye dogs and 
laboratory animals. 

Bulletin Boards 

Bulletin Boards are available In most cam- 
pus buildings. Most signs, announcements, 
etc.. must be approved by SGA or the Stu- 
dent Affairs Office prior to being posted. 
The SGA also maintains a number of bulle- 
tin boards across campus. Check with the 
SGA office for specific information regard- 
ing location and guidelines for use. 

Change of Name and Adddress 

You should promptly report any change of 
name or address to the Registrar's office so 
that your permanent record can be cor- 
rected accordingly. 

Cancellation of Classes 
In the event of inclement weather the can- 
cellation of classes will be reported on 
WEEI radio stations. 

Faculty absences are posted daily In the 
Condike Science Building and Thompson 
Hall Bulletin Boards. Call (617) 342-9614 
for a recorded message on faculty absences 
and school cancellation. 

Emergency Loans 

If you need cash in a hurry and aren't able 
to get to your bank or borrow it, the Stu- 
dent Affairs Office has a program which 
provides short-term loans. Loans are avail- 
able for up to $50.00 and must be repaid 
within two months. All requests are han- 
dled on an individual basis. 

Facilities Reservations 

All requests for use of on-campus facilities 
must be initiated in the Campus Center Of- 

fice. Please consult the Campus Center for 
information regarding facilities and refer to 
the Programmer's Guide, published by the 
Campus Center, for specific Information. 


Every student is Issued a picture I.D. card. 
The I.D. Is your passport for campus ser- 
vices and activities Including the use of the 
library and pub. Failure to produce your 
I.D. upon request by any designated official 
Is a violation of college policy. If you lose 
your I.D. you should apply to the Student 
Affairs Office for a replacement for which 
you will be charged S2.00. 


There are student lockers located in the In- 
dustrial Arts Building and Campus Center. 
A key for the semester may be obtained at 
the Campus Center Information Desk for a 
$5.00 refundable deposit. 

Lost and Found 

Lost and found articles may be claimed at 
the Campus Center Information Desk, or 
Campus Security Office. 


Transcripts are available from the Office of 
the Registrar and will be sent at your re- 
quest for a charge of $1.00 (see Student 
Rules sections concerning the obtaining of 

Past-Due Student Accounts 

Any indebtedness to the College which be- 
comes past due, immediately jeopardizes 
the student's enrollment and no such stu- 
dent shall be permitted to graduate or regis- 
ter for a subsequent semester or summer 
school term. Further, any student who fails 
to pay all indebtedness to the College may 
not be issued diplomas, degrees, or other of- 
ficial statements, unless otherwise man- 
dated by law. Examples of past due ac- 
counts are tuition bills not paid or de- 
faulted student loans. 

Due dates are posted annually by the 

Massachusetts Trespass Act 

Fitchburg State College Is governed by the 
Massachusetts Trespass Act. enacted June 
2. 1969. 

Trespassing Upon the Land of Certain 

Whoever willfully trespasses upon land or 
premises belonging to the Commonwealth, 
or any authority established by the general 
court for purposes Incidental to higher 
education, and after notice from an officer 
of any said Institution to leave said land, 
remains thereon, shall be punished by a 
fine of not more than $50.00 or by Impris- 
onment for not more than three months. 

Policies Regarding Large Scale Alcohol 

All student organizations planning to spon- 
sor a Large Scale Alcohol Event on campus 
must submit their proposal to LAEC (Large 
Alcohol Event Committee) and adhere to its 

The Large Alcohol Event Committee Is a 
group of eight students who have the re- 
sponsibility of aiding in the planning, su- 
pervision, and evaluation of Large Scale Al- 
cohol Events on the Fitchburg State College 

The LAEC Policies and Procedures apply 
to all events meeting the following criteria: 
Anticipated attendance will be two hun- 
dred plus (200 + ) individuals; Alcoholic 
beverages will be sold: A fee will be charged 
for admission to the event; or Appropriated 
student fees are used. A copy of LAEC Poli- 
cies and Procedures can be obtained from 
the SGA office. Campus Center Office or the 
Student Affairs Office in Sanders Adminis- 
tration Building. 

Responsibilities include: helping students 
leam management skills and responsibil- 
ity. Aid student organization in fund rais- 
ing. Provide events at which students can 
enjoy the atmosphere and the environment 
in a responsible manner. Insure that the 
policies of Fitchburg State College are ad- 
hered to. 

Contact with LAEC may be made 
through the SGA office, the Campus Center 
office or the Student Affairs office. 


Fitchburg State College, in accordance with 
Executive Orders 1 1246 and 1 1375. Titles 
IV. VI. VII. IX. X of the Civil Rights Act of 
1964 as amended In 1972. Titles VTI and 

VIII of the Public Health Service Act. and 
other applicable state and federal statutes, 
reaffirms Its policy of nondiscrimination 
and affirmative action to ensure equal op- 
portunity in the educational programs and 
activities which It operates, and In recruit- 
ment and employment of faculty or staff. 
The policy, which Is consistent with Title 

IX of the Educational Amendments of 
1972, states: Fitchburg State College's 
policy prohibits discrimination on the 
basis of race, sex, (including sexual har- 
assment), age, color, creed, national ori- 
gin, marital or parental status, or handi- 
cap, in compliance with Section 504 of 
the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and in 
the recruitment and admissions of stu- 
dents, the recruitment and employment 
of faculty and staff, or the operation of 
any of its programs and activities, as 
specified by various applicable federal 
and state laws and regulations. Any em- 
ployee or student who believes that he/she 
has been discriminated against on the 
basis of race, color, creed, national origin, 
marital or parental status or handicap, 
may utilize the College's Complaint Proce- 
dures, available from the Director of Per- 
sonnel, Dr. Thomas Coates, whose office Is 
located on the first floor in the Sanders Ad- 
ministration Building. 

Inquiries or complaints concerning the 
application of, or compliance with the laws 
and regulations prohibiting such discrimi- 
nation should be addressed to Dr. Thomas 
Coates. who has been designated Title VTI. 
Vni, and IX Coordinator (Ext. 3173) or the 
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. United 
States Department of Education, Washing- 
ton, D.C. 


Shaun Rouine '84 

If you have ever had to find one of these 
rooms, you'll appreciate this handy refer- 
ence list telling you exactly where they are. 

A100, A102, etc. (Conlon Industrial Arts. 
Basement level). Enter the Conlon Indus- 
trial Arts building from Highland Ave. (it's 
the main entrance); turn to the stairs on 
your right and go down. At the bottom open 
the red door and A 100- 104 are to the left. 
A108-1 14 are to the right. 

A302A, A302B. A302D (Conlon Indus- 
trial Arts. 3rd floor). Go through the main 
entrance to the Conlon LA. building and up 
the stairs which are on your right. Take a 
left and walk into Image Systems. The A, B, 
and D rooms are off the main work area. 

CM 150 (Conlon Fine Arts. First Floor). 
Enter the Conlon Fine Arts building (next 
to Weston Auditorium) from North Street. 
The entrance to CM 1 50 is through the dou- 
ble wooden doors across from where you 
stand. The room is a moderate-sized audi- 

GCR1. GCR2, (Gym classrooms 1 and 2). 
These are in the Parkinson Gym. It is easi- 
est to find them by going just beyond the 
base of the blue smokestack and through 
the back gym door that faces North Street. 
GCR1 Is the third door on your right and 
GCR2. which is also the weight room, is the 
first door on your left. 

HBH1, HBH2. etc. (Hammond Building, 

3rd floor). These are actually areas set off 
by wall dividers. They are found on the 
third floor or the Library. Come out of the 
elevator or stairwell and take a right. The 
HBH rooms are on the immediate right; one 
(1) is at the far right end of the building. 

MK-A1 (McKay. A-wing 1st floor). In- 
stead of going all the way down to the last 
McKay entrance, enter through the first one 
near the flagpoles. MK-A1 Is In the elemen- 
tary school, or A. wing of the building on 
the bottom floor. 

P AUD (Percival Auditorium). This one is 
easy, it's Just that no one knows what it 
means. Just enter Percival Hall from the 
quad, go up the short set of stairs and 
through the blue-green double doors on 
your right, and you're there. 

SLH (Science Lecture Hall). Isn't this fun? 
This room is a tiered lecture hall (like old 
movie theaters) located Just Inside the quad 
entrance to the low, brick. Sanders Admin- 
istration building. 

Tl. T2. T3, T5 (Thompson 1. 2. etc). 
Enter Thompson Hall from the quad, take a 
right and walk for 20 paces. At the wall- 
mounted payphone take two rights to the 
down staircase. Go down and take a left 
around the base of the stairs. T3 is In the 
middle of the corridor on your left and Tl, 
T2. and T5 are all the way to the end of the